Learn how research on chimpanzee and gorilla anatomy has been applied to understanding differences in females and males, the transformation of infants to adults, and evaluating fossil humans.
This research even played a role in the creation of the movie "Tarzan of the Apes."
Adrienne Zihlman is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Zihlman's research interests are in primate and human evolution. Her publications cover topics on the evolution of human locomotion, chimpanzee and gorilla anatomy, sexual dimorphism, growth and development, and the role of women in evolution. She is co-editor of The Evolving Female: A Life History Perspective and author of The Human Evolution Coloring Book. A book on comparative ape anatomy is in progress. She is a Fellow and Science Trustee of the California Academy of Sciences.
Any of the tailless primates known as the lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs; family Hylobatidae) or the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas; family Hominidae). Apes are found in the tropical forests of western and central Africa and South Asia. They are distinguished from monkeys by having no tail, having an appendix, and having a more complex brain. Apes typically move about by swinging or knuckle-walking, though they are capable of standing erect and occasionally walk on two feet. Highly intelligent animals, apes are very closely related to humans, who are also categorized by zoologists as members of Hominidae. As a result of habitat destruction and hunting, all the apes are now regarded as endangered.